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California Vegetables
California Vegetables
Annual and perennial plants grown as vegetables, for California gardens.
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California Flowering Perennials
California Flowering Perennials
Flowering plants that live for two or more years and are grown primarily for blooms and beauty, for California gardens.
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California Fruit Trees, Citrus
California Fruit Trees, Citrus
Trees and shrubs in the genus Citrus and closely related genera that produce edible fruit, for California gardens.
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California Herbs and Spices
California Herbs and Spices
Edible or useful annual and perennial plants, for California gardens. Plants are generally considered "herbs" when the leaves or green parts are used for flavoring or other purposes. "Spices" are derived from other parts of plants, such as seeds, fruits, roots, and bark.
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When Are My Pomegranates Ripe?: Harvest Tips for Home-Grown Pomegranates
When Are My Pomegranates Ripe?: Harvest Tips for Home-Grown Pomegranates

GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Are you eyeing your fruit-laden pomegranate tree wondering when to harvest? Lucky you – that is, if you know how to time harvest when pomegranates are ripe but before critters get them! As pomegranates approach ripeness, consider wrapping metal-wire mesh around them on the […]

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California Color Flower Seed Mix for Vibrant Native Wildflowers
California Color Flower Seed Mix for Vibrant Native Wildflowers

GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. If you’ve never grown California native wildflowers, the California Color Flower Seed Mix from Botanical Interest is a perfect way to start. It provides an inexpensive, time-efficient, low-water-use, low-maintenance option for winter and spring color. It’s especially useful for mass planting, and for difficult […]

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Fire Armageddon is an Annual Event in California
Fire Armageddon is an Annual Event in California

Above pictures burned native manzanita stems following wildfire   As I write this article, vast areas of California are engulfed in flames. Devastation from active California fires exceeds what can even reasonably be called tragedy. It is armageddon where the fires burn, as it was last year with fire elsewhere in California. Fire armageddon has […]

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Spacing and Seasonal Timelines for California Poppy (Eschscholzia california)
Spacing and Seasonal Timelines for California Poppy (Eschscholzia california)

Seeds can be scattered at the rate of one seed every 2-3 inches or about 20 seeds per square foot, ideally just before fall or winter rainy periods. Leave seeds at the soil surface undisturbed, or rake gently into soil. While counter-intuitive for many gardeners, it’s best not to cover California Poppy seeds with soil. […]

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Planting and Growing California Poppy (Eschscholzia california)
Planting and Growing California Poppy (Eschscholzia california)

GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Many California native plants that are adapted or bred for urban landscapes have a reputation for being fussy with special needs, or being difficult to grow. California Poppy is the opposite. It requires little more than scattering seeds from fall through late winter or […]

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